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Brían Hoban commented on Joe Gannon's blog post Mayo's Father Andrew Conroy: Martyr of the 1798 Rising
"Following on from Blog above I came across an interesting story from Folklore of  Ballycastle, County Mayo relating to Fr Conroy's execution.  There once lived in Kilbride, Ballycastle a very devout and holy man called Fr. Flanagan…"
Feb 13

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For the Harried, Fáilte 'Nollaig na mBan'

Posted on January 4, 2016 at 6:00am 5 Comments

“Nollaig na mBan,” or “Little Women’s Christmas,” is an old custom that’s still celebrated by women all over Ireland. It goes back to the days when large families were the norm. Men never lifted a finger in the house to help, and were never expected to. If a man washed the dishes, he would be called an “auld…


Irish New Year Traditions

Posted on December 31, 2015 at 3:30pm 8 Comments

New Year's Eve (Oíche Chinn Bliana)

These days, when we think of New Year, parties, champagne and celebration spring to mind. Once upon a time however, it was more about getting through a quiet night. The New Year was never really a big festival in Ireland, with the focus more on the necessities of…


History of the Church of the Holy Rosary, Castlebar, County Mayo

Posted on December 27, 2015 at 3:30pm 0 Comments

The Church of the Holy Rosary was dedicated on Rosary Sunday 7th October 1901.

The need for a new church had been acknowledged as far back as the 1860’s. Cannon Mc Gee like his predecessor Archdeacon Brown was an enthusiastic and talented man. He saw the need for a new church and set about the task of raising funds for the establishment of a new church. As…


Ernie O'Malley: Mayo-Born Freedom Fighter and Writer

Posted on December 13, 2015 at 11:00am 4 Comments

Ernie O' Malley was born in Castlebar on the 28th of May 1897. His family moved to Dublin in 1906. He was educated at O'Connell's Schools and attended UCD, where he studied medicine.

He was a member of The Irish Volunteers and he joined the rebels on the Thursday of the Easter Rising in 1916 and was interned…


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